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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Aug 7, 2010 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I present to you

To go further after the last post....

The greatest guitarist ever (just an opinion)..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ.

McLaughlin was always my favorite, of course the style heard here is flamingo, but he's the master of them all. Out of print now, but Friday Night In San Francisco, is the greatest guitar album of all time.

Watch the entire clip if you've never heard this before, and if you have, you of course will watch it again. Simply amazing.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 8, 2010 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you - John McLaughlin

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía
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Al Di Meola grew up in the same town as me. We went to the same high school in NJ. Shortly after high school, some other musician friends of mine from there played together numerous times in various groupings. I taped many of them. I was the hippie, groupie, roadie, soundman, Deadhead in the bunch. I believe they claimed they played with Al a few times in the very early 1970s. Nothing ever came of it and everybody moved on. It's still a mystery to me why I never saw all of them playing together: Al Di Meola (Bergenfield); Van Manakas (Bergenfield); Wayne Lopes (Bergenfield); John Zias (Fort Lee); and Eric Levine (Teaneck). As far as I know, all of these artists attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in the 1970s.

Another famous musician from NJ is The Dawg, Richard Grisman. But, the most talented NJ virtuoso that you never heard of is Mike Scap. Phenomenal talent for an unheard-of-player! Mike is recorded on my Arabesque tapes - 2 SBDs.

Wikipedia says in 1974 Al Di Meola joined Chick Corea's band, Return to Forever, and played with the band until a major lineup shift in 1976. Local NJ musicians and myself were stunned and very impressed. In addition to a prolific solo career, Al has engaged in successful collaborations with bassist Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and guitarists John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía.

Probably the most amazing thing I have to say about Al Di Meola is that he played with John McLaughlin. I saw John McLaughlin's electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, perform in NYC several times. Wikipedia says, "His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused eclectic jazz and rock with eastern and Indian influences."

After that came John McLaughlin's crowning achievement, imo. The Shakti band was an incredible acoustic band featuring John's guitar playing, and Lakshminarayanan L. Shankar's violin playing. This group combined Indian music with elements of jazz and thus may be regarded as a pioneer of world music. McLaughlin's guitar and Shankar's violin are featured in this group. They play mind-numbing solos at break-neck paces — sometimes doing twin-solos — on a couple of albums they recorded in the 1970s.

On November 29, 2008 a very generous individual torrented an amazing DVD over at Lossless Legs. This is a unique and priceless amalgam. It was snatched only 63 times. I am seeding it - right now at LL.

-- Shakti --
John McLaughlin
L Shankar
Zakir Hussein
Vikku Vinayakram

-- Paris TV Show : Le Grand Echiquier --
John McLaughlin
Hariprasad Chaurasia
Zakir Hussein
Katia Labeque
Marielle Labeque

-- Music Without Boundries --
John McLaughlin
Hariprasad Chaurasia
Zakir Hussein
Vikku Vinayakram
Benedik Hofseth
TV interviewer - Sanjna Kapoo

-- Peshkar --
L Shankar
Zakir Hussein
Vikku Vinayakram
Larry Coryell
Anthony Hindson

chapter points / song titles
01 - italian TV commentator voiceover
02 - India
03 - Peace of Mind
04 - Get Down and Sruti
05 - Two Sisters
06 - Lotus Feet - 1980
07 - When Blue Turns Gold - 1984
08 - 1997 concert snippet & india TV interview ***read chapter 8 details for an aud-video***
09 - Sally

main video.:.Shakti
venue.:.Bussola.Domani
city./country.:.Viareggio.Italy
Date.:.April.1977,..Length.:.28.mins

Total DVD Length.:.58.minutes
VHS > PC (Canopus ADVC)> avi > mpg2 > DVD Author

chapters 1 > 4
Shakti in Viareggio Italy late April 1977 B&W video 28 mins is a mix of A quality and B quality VHS tapes, the better quality video from a later broadcast during the songs (India & Get Down and Sruti) was overlaid over the B quality. The first chapter is the band tuning up with an italian commentator talking so I made it a seperate chapter the B quality video is last third of "India" all of "Peace of Mind" and a very short middle section of "Get Down and Sruti"

chapter 5
John McLaughlin & L Shankar filmed in John's New York apartment in 1977 for a UK TV program the song is "Two Sisters" and John is also interviewed

chapter 6
John McLaughlin & Larry Coryell play the Shakti song "Lotus Feet" in Martinique, Fort-de-France in the Caribbean in December 1980

chapter 7
John McLaughlin on the Paris TV show 'Le Grand Echiquier' Sept 19, 1984 with Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussein and Katia & Marielle Labeque perform "When Blue Turns Gold" (Zakir has said this is the only time they ever played the song live)

chapter 8 -- Music Without Boundries --
In 1997 as part of India's 50th anniversary of independence of British rule. John was asked to reform Shakti but both Shakti guitars had damaged necks and L Shankar was not available, John on electric guitar played 4 concerts in England (and possibly also a couple in europe) with Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussein and Vikku Vinayakram I think the group was billed as John McLaughlin with special guests. Later they were also asked to play in India and they added Benedik Hofseth they played a concert in Oslo Norway some of it was a FM broadcast and the working title of the group was 'Music Without Boundries' in Bombay India. December 1997 they handed out some xassette tapes at the concert of a rehearsal.

In the video you can see on the wall a banner with their 'Music Without Boundries' title on it the video only has snippets of the concert and short interviews and a longer interview by TV show host Sanjna Kapoor with John McLaughlin, it's not known if this line up played any more concerts

chapter 9 -- Peshkar --
Larry Coryell with 3 original Shakti members formed Peshkar in 1987 but it only lasted for a short time they play the song "Sally" on unknown UK TV show while on tour in England in December 1987 Anthony Hindson sat in with the group. Trivia : in 1982 Larry Coryell filled in for John McLaughlin on a Shakti tour of India when John broke his arm playing squash as the tour was about to start

Video Attributes:
Video compression mode: MPEG-2
TV system: 525/60 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Source picture resolution: 720x480
Frame Rate: 29.97
Bitrate: 6000

Audio Attributes:
Audio Coding mode: Dolby Digital
Sampling Rate: 48kHz
Number of Audio channels: 2.0
Bitrate: 256 Kbps

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you - John McLaughlin

Monte , After months I still can not get reg on LL . Any chance of a etree ?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you - John McLaughlin

Biggest Differences bet. eTree site and their torrents, and the LL site and their torrents:

eTree is lossless live music torrents only - audio only. But eTree is free and open to the Public. They are partners with The Archive, and manage the Live Music Archive. However, you can't put DVDs and video torrents on eTree. Lossless music files only. It must be trade-friendly live music.

LL users can do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as The Admin approves it, and their rules are followed. DVDs circulate there, and at other private sites.

"Lossless Legs is a torrent resource/community dedicated to the sharing of high quality, trade-friendly music. We attempt to keep a legal database of torrent files at all times."

So, now you can visualize another great perk on The Archive. Items on the archive can host and serve all the above: lossless audio, audio file derivatives, photos, videos, webpage documentation in an HTML-structured layout. That's why I'm here. My tapes that circulate in my items here on The Archive epitomize this fact.

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2010-08-09 13:53:53

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Aug 7, 2010 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

"of course the style heard here is flamingo"

Flamingo?

I knew you were a dim bulb when you started shit over my 100 point scoring system. Flamingo, LOL!

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Aug 7, 2010 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

Flamingo, that is damn funny! Trying to imagine a "flamingo" style of music. Nothin/ tops Django on my list

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 7, 2010 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you - the flamingo guitar

http://www.birdcapo.com/Flamingo.html

I suppose the "jockey" guitar is considered politically incorrect...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 7, 2010 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

Flamingo guitar? That would be Jimmy Buffet.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 7, 2010 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

I was thinking Bobby...wearing pink slacks of course;)

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 7, 2010 6:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you - the flamingo guitar

http://stormcustomguitars.biz/wp-content/plank_ph1.jpg


This post was modified by user unknown on 2010-08-08 01:39:36

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Aug 7, 2010 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

you mean your 10 point system. Go away, you're just a fucking flamer, with nothing better to do than to dis on people to inflate your own fucking dumbass ego. It's time to move on from middle school. What a immature little prick you are.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Aug 7, 2010 9:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

whoahhhhhhh, lookout!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 7, 2010 4:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

from a pure speed perspective its hard to beat Yngwie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN5FAcd2sbM

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Aug 7, 2010 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

no question that Yngwie is great! Thanks for the link, enjoyed the vid. I guess I just like how Mclaughlin can morph styles. I'd post more links, but if you enjoyed either yng or john, you will search out other vids to enjoy.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 8, 2010 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

From a pure speed perspective, I submit two not often mentioned here, John Petrucci from Dream Theatre who is astounding. Not really a favorite in my book, but if you're into sheer speed, he's faster than anyone I've ever heard. I'm talking faster than Satch, Malmstein, anyone.

Now, for artistry with speed, I submit a true artist and wizard. There was a buy by the name of Shawn Lane. Played as a kid for Black Oak Arkansas. As an adult, grew into the most amazing guitar player, piano player, and died very young.

Check both these guys out on YouTube. Well worth your time.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 8, 2010 5:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

to quote Bob "The Bear" Hite, "SPEED KILLS!"

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Poster: user unknown Date: Aug 8, 2010 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

can't argue that Mahavishnu JM is great, but he does have some serious competition in the video you linked.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Aug 7, 2010 5:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

this guy is better.....just sayin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFIMWRXWY90

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Poster: buscameby Date: Aug 7, 2010 9:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I present to you

I love both Frank and Al!! Can't believe Al wasn't even on the list and he was a Gibson man for many years.

And was Brian Mays on there?--I wasn't a huge Queen fan but that man can wield his guitar.